Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

Most commented posts

  1. Haunted Mercer County? — 28 comments
  2. The Old Willshire Hotel — 27 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Genealogy Roadshow to Debut — 18 comments
  5. Spitler Grocery Huckster Truck, Willshire, Ohio — 18 comments

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Tombstone Tuesday-Obelisk Grave Marker

Obelisk shaped tombstones are commonly seen in cemeteries. They are found in various sizes and some are quite large.

An obelisk is a narrow, four-sided monument with a pyramidal shape at the top. Obelisks have been used as grave markers since the mid-1800s and are one of the most popular types of cemetery memorials. An obelisk can be used in a relatively small space and one obelisk is sometimes used for several graves or it may be the central monument of a family plot.  

Schumm Family Enumerated Twice in 1920

As I was researching this week’s Tombstone Tuesday, Agnes Schumm (1888-1921), I noticed that Agnes’ father Henry M. Schumm was not enumerated with the family in Willshire Township in 1910 or in 1920. Henry did not die until 1941, so just where was he in 1910 and 1920?

Tombstone Tuesday-Agnes Schumm

This is the tombstone of Agnes Schumm, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Agnes Schumm
1888-1921

A Laundry Day Photo

This photo of a couple of my ancestors came to mind after reading a recent article about laundering bedding.

Tombstone Tuesday-Book Symbol

A book symbol on a tombstone usually represents the Holy Bible or the Book of Life.